The UMBC Retrievers (10-4-4) begin their quest for a second America East Conference championship on Wed., Nov. 7 when they host defending league champion Stony Brook (11-5-1) in a league tournament semifinal match. Second-seeded UMBC and the No. 3 Seawolves are scheduled to kick off the action at Retriever Soccer Park at 7:00 p.m. The first 300 UMBC students with I.D. will be admitted free to this America East contest. Live, high-definition streaming is available for this match at www.umbcretrievers.tv You can also follow the entire tournament via America East Championship Central at http://bit.ly/Rd5LFV.
The winner of the UMBC-Stony Brook contest takes on the victor of the game between No. 5 UNH at No. 1 Vermont. Victories by the Retrievers and Wildcats lands the title game at UMBC, but the Catamounts will host if they prevail.
LAST TIME OUT: - The UMBC men's soccer team won its fifth straight match, defeating Binghamton, 3-0, in the regular season finale played at Retreiver Soccer Park on Oct. 27. Junior forward Kadeem Dacres, sophomore midfielder Mamadou Kansaye and junior forward Pete Caringi III were the goal scorers for the Retrievers.
UMBC has scored 15 goals in its last three home games and Caringi has recorded eight of those goals.
TOP DOG: In 22 seasons under Head Coach Pete Caringi, UMBC is 133-46-26 (.712) at home and the Retrievers are 74-19-21 (.741) in 114 games on the Bermuda turf of Retriever Soccer Park. The Retriever mentor has an overall record of 229-143-48 (.602)
during his tenure on Hilltop Circle and is seeking career victory No. 400, after compiling 170 victories in 10 seasons at CCBC-Essex.
UMBC's current five-game winning streak is its longest of the season and most consecutive wins since opening the 2010 season with nine consecutive victories. The Retrievers are guaranteed a winning record in 2012. They have never had back-to-back sub-.500 seasons under Pete Caringi, Jr., and have posted winning marks in 17 of his 22 seasons at the helm.
UMBC TOURNAMENT HISTORY: UMBC has now reached the America East Tournament in four consecutive years and seven times in ten years.
The Retrievers are 3-6-2 in six previous championship appearances… The Retrievers have fared well in semifinal contests, winning the last two (2009, 2010) after a loss in 2007. UMBC won the America East Championship as the No. 2 seed in 2010.
At home, UMBC is 1-3-1 in tournament play, and 0-2-1 at Retriever Soccer Park. They fell to Hartford, 1-0, at RSP in a quarterfinal match in 2011.
Milo Kapor (2009 v. UNH) and Liam Paddock (2010 v. Stony Brook) are the only current Retrievers to
record goals in tournament play.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC took a 7-6-0 series in the series with the Seawolves with a 1-0 victory at SBU on Oct. 19. UMBC has won three of the last four matches, but SBU won the last match on the grass at RSP, 3-0, in 2011. UMBC is 5-2-0 in seven previous matches vs. Stony Brook in Baltimore.
A GLANCE AT THE SEAWOLVES: Stony Brook (11-5-1) rallied from a 4-2 second-half deficit and tied their quarterfinal match, 4-4, vs. Binghamton in the final minute of play. Then Will Casey scored his first goal of the season with less than one minute remaining in the first overtime period to give SBU a dramatic 5-4 victory. Alejandro Fritz tied an America East Championship single-game record for points (5), goals (2) in a game. Midfielder of the year Leonardo Fernandes leads SBU with nine goals and seven assists.
REGIONAL RANKINGS: UMBC moved up to ninth in the Northeast regional rankings for games ending Sept. 9, 2012. It is the fourth consecutive year that the Retrievers have made an appearance in the regional rankings. UMBC debuted the previous week in a tie with Dartmouth for the No. 10 position, but the two losses knocked the Retrievers from the rankings for games ending Sept. 16. The Retrievers reclaimed position No. 10 for games ending Sept. 23. After a month-long absence, UMBC returned to the No. 9 spot as of Oct. 23 and were tied with South Florida for seventh (a season-best) on Nov. 4. Stony Brook is ranked tenth.
The Retrievers were also ranked No. 58 in the latest RPI. They have wins over No. 49 Stony Brook, No. 44 Loyola and a tie vs. No. 28 VCU.
UMBC was ranked 25th in the nation in home attendance in 2011 with 911 fans per game and are averaging 1,032 through the first nine games of the 2012 campaign… At this point, UMBC is also 25th in the nation for attendance in 2012.
CELEBRATE, GOOD TIMES, COME ON!: UMBC celebrates its tenth season in America East in 2012. The Retrievers have now earned four consecutive berths in the league championships for the first time in their league tenure. UMBC is now 36-31-11 in ten America East seasons, which includes a mark of 24-9-6 (.692) in games at home in league play.
UMBC's win over Robert Morris on Sept. 1 was the 400th in school history (45 previous seasons). UMBC is now 409-303-89 (.566).